Examples from SLIS courses
- S502 Collection Development and Management: Students explore and integrate their perceptions of the rapidly changing landscape of publishing/information dissemination for the mass market, for specialty markets, and for academe. Current professional literature and lectures by practicing professionals provide perspective; these are combined with hands-on exercises to locate, evaluate, and select both print and electronic sources, which compel students to move beyond their initial impressions and assumptions – to view themselves as capable stewards of information sources for library users.
- S503 Representation and Organization: Students learn that schemes for the representation and organization of information resources are central to the information profession and are critical to providing effective access to information in various forms. They read research from information science, cognitive science, semiotics, and computer science to understand how people obtain, store, retrieve, and use information.
- S506 Introduction to Research: Students learn about the nature of scientific inquiry; the conduct of research; multiple methods of collecting, managing, and analyzing evidence (data); and the relationships among theory, method, and evidence. Over the course of the semester, they read classic and current research in library and information science and cognate fields as they become critical readers, and, equally importantly, users of research.
- S510 Introduction to Information Science: The syllabus for this course is updated with each offering to refresh the mix of classic and cutting edge research in information architecture, human-computer interaction, information retrieval, and strategic information management and leadership. Students work in groups to review articles throughout the semester and make their reviews available on a class wiki. They also comment on other groups’ reviews, initiating an online conversation about the research they are reading.
- S516 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction: Students learn about this multidisciplinary area concerned with the design, evaluation, and application of usable, effective, and enjoyable technologies. Because these technologies are changing so rapidly, new research is integrated into the course almost every time it is taught. Students use what they are reading to understand interaction design as they apply different interaction design techniques to the analysis and evaluation of interfaces.